Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy

Paperback | October 15, 2001

byAlfred R. Mele

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This book addresses two related topics: self-control and individual autonomy. In approaching these issues, Mele develops a conception of an ideally self-controlled person, and argues that even such a person can fall short of personal autonomy. He then examines what needs to be added to such aperson to yield an autonomous agent and develops two overlapping answers: one for compatibilist believers in human autonomy and one for incompatibilists. While remaining neutral between those who hold that autonomy is compatible with determinism and those who deny this, Mele shows that belief thatthere are autonomous agents is better grounded than belief that there are not.

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This book addresses two related topics: self-control and individual autonomy. In approaching these issues, Mele develops a conception of an ideally self-controlled person, and argues that even such a person can fall short of personal autonomy. He then examines what needs to be added to such aperson to yield an autonomous agent and deve...

Alfred R. Mele is at Florida State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 0.71 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195150430

ISBN - 13:9780195150438

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Table of Contents

PART I1. Introduction: Self-Control and Personal Autonomy2. Better Judgement: Nature and Function3. Exercising Self-Control: A Motivational Problem4. Self-Control, Akrasia, and Second-Order Desires5. Self-Control and Belief6. Self-Control, Akrasia, and Emotion7. The Upper Reaches of Self-Control and the Ideally Self-Controlled PersonPART II8. Transistion: From Self-Control to Autonomy9. Psychological Autonomy and Personal History10. Compatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action11. Problems for Libertarians12. Incompatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action13. Assessing the Denial of AutonomyReferencesIndex

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"...this is a great book. It is rich in arguments, replete with useful examples, and informed by the literature in philosophy and psychology. It is not always easy going, but one's efforts are rewarded. I highly recommend it."--Ethics